Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine

His role as Private Joker in 'Full Metal Jacket' (1987)
During the 1980s at a time when brat packers were ruling the big screen, Matthew Modine set himself apart from his peers though a series of impactful performances that capitalized on his versatility, corn-fed all American looks, and idiosyncratic persona. His work in the trio of mid-eighties masterpieces Birdy, Full Metal Jacket, and Married to the Mob illustrate Modine's tremendous range, his intuitive physicality, and his talent for breathing believability into even the quirkiest of characters. Born in 1959, the youngest of seven children Modine grew up watching movies; his father was a drive-in theatre operator. Forced to move often because of his father's work, Modine no doubt took comfort in the constancy of film, and his prolonged exposure eventually led to his decision to become an actor. Moving to New York at age 18, he studied with Stella Adler, worked as a chef, got married (in 1980 to wife Caridad) and began getting regular commercial work.In 1983 Modine made his film debut in John Sayles' comedy Baby It's You, and shared the Venice Film Festival's Best Actor award with the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's Streamers. A year later in Birdy he turned in a mesmerizing performance as a schizophrenic Vietnam veteran with an ornithological fixation. After roles in The Hotel New Hampshire, Mrs Soffel (1984) and Vision Quest (1985), Modine once again tackled the dehumanizing effects of Vietnam, this time as the wiseacre Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's much-lauded Full Metal Jacket (1987). The following year he wisely chose to showcase his comedic talents as the goofy FBI agent in Married to the Mob. In 1993 he once again appeared as part of an Altman ensemble in Short Cuts (1993), and that same year was nominated for an Emmy award for his performance as an early AIDs researcher in the HBO film "And the Band Played On". Some of his other film credits include Gross Anatomy (1989), Memphis Belle, Pacific Heights (1990), Wind (1992) The Browning Version (1994) Cutthroat Island (1995), Any Given Sunday (1999) and an uncredited role in Notting Hill (1999) in the film-within-the-film scene. Making the occasional foray onto television, Modine has garnered good reviews for his work in "The Way West," "What the Deaf Man Heard," "Flowers for Algernon" and, the 2001 fantasy miniseries "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story." The owner of a 100 acre farm in upstate New York, Modine, an avid NY Knicks fan, fly fishes with next door neighbor Liam Neeson, paints, and does his own carpentry.Source:
Fifteen dollar too beaucoup. Five dollars each... Five dollars is all my mom allows me to spend.More Matthew Modine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's a discipline. When you take someone's portrait, you don't have to take 50 photographs, just find that one so that when you release the shutter, that's the image that you took.More Matthew Modine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's a famous story about Honus, during a game, getting a piece of chew out of his back pocket and taking a bite right when the guy hit the ball at him. He caught it with one hand.More Matthew Modine quotes [07/04/2006 12:07:00]
We should all aspire in life to do a multitude of things well - to be a great father, to be a good husband, to be a good lover, you know, to try to do things the best you can is very important to me.More Matthew Modine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My interest in photography really began with the tremendous generosity of my friend Joe Kelly giving me the Rolleiflex to take with me on my trip to London to work with Stanley Kubrick.More Matthew Modine quotes [07/04/2006 12:07:00]

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